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Then, Face to Face. Meditation on Our Desire to Look on the Face of God.

I have a large Icon of Christ in my room (see photo at right). What icons from the Eastern tradition do best is to capture “the Look.” No matter where I move in the room, Christ is looking right at me. His look is intense, though not severe. In the Eastern spirituality, Icons are windows [...] Read the rest of this entry »

What CATegory are you in? A Meditation on why the Lord “needs” our faith.

One of the main threads that ran through Sunday’s Gospel about the raising of Lazarus was faith, the need for faith and the Lord’s desire to draw others to a deeper faith. Jesus permits the illness and subsequent death of Lazarus, and even delays coming in order to increase their faith. He persistently questions both [...] Read the rest of this entry »

I’ll Take Back what the Devil Stole from Me. A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent

In today’s Gospel, we hear the story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. The story is a significant turning point in the ministry of Jesus, for as we shall see, it is because of this incident that the Temple leadership in Jerusalem resolves to have Jesus killed. As is proper with all the [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Why is the surprise end to this video so shocking? It ought to disturb you; but why?

This is one of those videos that I think you should watch before I say much about it. There is something shocking about the end of it, something awful. And yet the request by the young man in the video is a common one today, though it often comes in more subtle forms wherein people [...] Read the rest of this entry »

A meditation on the teaching of Jesus that we are stubborn of heart and slow to believe

Some of the long soliloquies of Jesus in the Gospel of John are admittedly complex. For example, the farewell discourse and priestly prayer of Jesus spanning over four chapters (John 14 to 17) has many layers and moving parts. The Gospel from today’s Mass (Thursday of the fourth week of Lent), in which Jesus rebukes [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Set Your House in Order (in four easy steps).

There’s a Gospel song, written back in the 1950’s, called “Jesus Hits Like an Atom Bomb!” It is a warning to be prepared for death. Here are a few of the lyrics: Everybody’s worried ’bout that Atom Bomb. No one seems worried about the Day my Lord shall come! Better set your house in order, [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating the dignity of the disabled in a culture that advises aborting them.

The beautiful video at the bottom of this post reminded me of a time a few years ago when I was privileged to take part in a webinar focused on providing support, Church teaching, and information to families who receive a pre-natal diagnosis that their child will be disabled in some way. Perhaps they are [...] Read the rest of this entry »

On The Spaciousness and Silence that Characterize Deep Prayer

One of the graces of deeper prayer, if we persevere through the years, is that the Lord turns us upward and outward. And, gradually, our prayer turns more toward God and is less anxious about our own aches and pains. It becomes enough to give them to God and trust in His providence. Gradually, we [...] Read the rest of this entry »

A Recent Study Affirms that Conscience is innate and present even in the youngest children.

I have written before on the blog that I think that our fundamental conscience, a sense of basic right and wrong, is innate. That is to say, it is something with which we come equipped, rather than something we learn from social convention. As a believer, I would argue that this basic moral sense, our [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Walk in the Light – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent

In today’s Gospel, Jesus, the Light of the World, brings light to a man born blind. If you are prepared to accept it, you are the man born blind, for all of us were born blind and in darkness. It was our baptism alone, and the faith it gave us, that has rendered us able [...] Read the rest of this entry »

Unresisted Temptation can Destroy you, as seen on T.V. !

The fight against temptation is a key Lenten theme and, of course, one that extends to each day of our life if we are going to be serious followers of the Lord. There is something rather mysterious about temptation. We are often strangely drawn to things that harm us, and even knowing this, we still [...] Read the rest of this entry »

The Gifts Bestowed by the Tenth Commandment, Which Forbids Coveting

The Tenth Commandment is You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” (Ex 20:17). It is one of more rarely quoted commandments in conversation, yet frankly is confessed more often than [...] Read the rest of this entry »